Andrew Conway, CEO Institute of Public Accountants – the youngest ever CEO of an Australian public company when appointed in 2009 at age 28 – has won the prestigious Professions Australia ‘2011 Young Professional of the Year’ award.

The award is intended to encourage and recognise the achievements of a young professional who has demonstrated a noteworthy commitment to excellence and innovation in their profession and has worked to promote the profession as a whole.

Don Larkin, President of Professions Australia said: “In making its decision the Board acknowledged Andrew’s outstanding contribution to his profession through his work at the Institute.

He has also represented his profession on many industry and government initiatives in addition to his significant involvement in the community. 

“This has included working with Deakin University to develop its accounting curriculum and the establishment of an accountant’s pro bono register to aid recovery of victims of the black Saturday bushfires in Victoria and recent natural disasters in various Australian states.

“Andrew’s involvement in a wide range of community and professional activities highlights the dedication he has to his profession and to the community.”

Mr Conway is currently leading the newly renamed Institute of Public Accountants (formerly the National Institute of Accountants) through one of the most exciting growth phases in its 90 year history.   This includes a renewed focus on SMEs and taxpayers – the Institute’s key areas of expertise – and the introduction of a range of new resources and professional development initiatives to benefit members.

As a qualified accountant and former chief of staff to a federal treasury minister, he is ideally equipped to oversee the changes. He has also played a direct role in shaping corporate regulation with the Australian Government.

Since his appointment as CEO, he has campaigned to ensure the accounting profession operates to a high ethical and professional standard. This is evidenced by consistent advocacy to government and the profession for a continuing commitment to core accounting training for those entering the profession.

This award caps a stellar year for Conway who was also recently appointed professor at the prestigious Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, which is among the top ten universities in China.

Mr Conway said: “It is a great honour to receive the Young Professional of the Year award and I am proud to have won it during this historic period for the Institute of Public Accountants.  I am committed to building upon this achievement and working to improve the accounting industry for the benefit of all Australians.”

JERA International congratulates Andrew Conway for a much deserved recognition of his contribution to his profession and to his community

May 2011

About the Institute of Public Accountants (Formerly National Institute of Accountants)

First formed in 1923, Australia’s Institute of Public Accountants has been driving professionalism, influencing policy and promoting the interests of its members on a local and global stage for nearly 90 years.   The Institute of Public Accountants has grown to be one of the three recognised professional bodies for accountants in Australia. It now represents the interests of over 22,000 members and students.  The Institute of Public Accountants is a specialist in the small-medium enterprises and small-medium practices space with a large number of its members working in these areas.

The IPA is a strategic partner with JERA International.

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